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Comment: Re:A good slice of luck. (Score 1) 35

by FireFury03 (#47910109) Attached to: European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

Esa says it will be a one-shot opportunity. Events will be taking place so far away that real-time radio control will be impossible.

What amazes me is that the lander has no RCS - it's launched at the comet, and if it bounces off or something there is no second go. I kinda expected the lander to have some RCS so it could automatically correct for unexpected troubles.

Comment: Have they Denied? (Score 2, Interesting) 197

NSA officials were unable to find any evidence Snowden ever had.

This is essentially the "I do not recall" equivalent of paperwork investigations.

The essential question here is whether the NSA can conclusively deny that Snowden never raised concerns at the agency. Since if he did raise concerns, he probably would have raised them to people personally, a document search is not nessesarily going to uncover whether he did.

What will uncover this conclusively is a simple interview of NSA and affiliate company employees and especially supervisors who worked with Snowden. But since such a set of interviews would either a) reveal that he did raise concerns, b) involve people having to sign their names to untruths, or most unlikely c) reveal he really raised nothing, then I think it's easier for the NSA to just pretend that a half-assed email server word search constitutes an appropriate investigation.

Comment: Re:Start Button ? (Score 2) 208

by advocate_one (#47890291) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
they were asking me what label was on the key next to the bottom left corner...

it may be a windows key on my keyboard... but it doesn't bring up anything when I hold it down and press 'r'... that throws them... they get quite angry as I keep telling them that nothing happens and there is no start menu either on the screen, just a stylised bird... and that when I do click that icon I don't see a control panel choice...

Running Lubuntu LTS with LXDE...

Comment: Re:Helium? (Score 1) 296

by FireFury03 (#47869459) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

And who the hell plans on running a data center hard drive indefinitely?

ISTR that the big datacentres, such as Google, run drives until they fail - the systems are redundent enough to cope with a failure with no problems and they have so many drives that it's more cost effective to have a resilliant system and just run the drives into the ground than it is to preemptively retire them (and still have to cope with unexpected premature failures).

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 527

by FireFury03 (#47862189) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

The proportion of people who regularly watch hour long HD streaming video channels is probably pretty low.

Maybe that's because their ISP is providing inadequate service so they know better than to attempt it.

Or maybe its because they just aren't interested and therefore don't want to pay for a faster connection...

Comment: Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 1) 527

by FireFury03 (#47859811) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

TFS mentions high quality video. You're not streaming high quality video with 10 or even 20Mbps.

Netflix recommends 5Mbps for HD streaming, so you are wrong.

HD on the internet is definitely not the same as HD broadcast TV. When it was first launched, the BBC HD DVB-S channel was doing H.264 at a little over 20Mbps. I think they've reduced that a bit on the HD channels now but certainly nowhere close to 5Mbps. A quick look at a 35 minute programme recorded on my MythTV system from BBC One HD shows 2.6GB, which is a little over 10Mbps - the BBC transponders use statistical multiplexing though, so if you're watching something with more fast action then you can probably expect a higher bit rate than that though. I think BSkyB do around 8Mbps for their HD transponders (and people complain about the quality of BSkyB's HD channels).

The fact that Netflix skimp on the bandwidth a bit shouldn't really be news anyway...

That said, 4Mbps *is* enough for a lot of people - a very high proportion of people use their internet connection for a bit of web surfing and email. The proportion of people who regularly watch hour long HD streaming video channels is probably pretty low. Remember that Slashdot users aren't exactly the "typical" home internet user. (I say this having moved from a 6Mbps ADSL connection to a 40Mbps VDSL connection - for the vast majority of uses the 6Mbps connection was absolutely fine and the only real reason I upgraded was because switching ISP actually worked out cheaper than sticking with the old 6Mbps connection)

Comment: Re:Grandparents... (Score 1) 66

by FireFury03 (#47845137) Attached to: Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

Actually, the link does not apply since the unfortunate victim in that case jumped off an 80ft cliff into a quarry. I am not aware of any account where the original challenge, a bucket of cold water to the head, actually caused the participant to expire and go to meet his maker.

The link I posted does mention some idiot woman who decided to chuck a bucket of water over herself while sitting on a horse. The expected thing happened - the horse bolted and the woman was killed.

Comment: Re:Gamers are the Victims Here (Score 1) 1134

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#47830737) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

First Person Shooter players do not represent the entire gaming community. This stereotype is being used to label Pokemon and Super Mario players as misogynists and bigots. All gamers are being tarred with a toxic brush.

This kind of labelling is wrong and morally bankrupt. The gaming community is being forced to defend itself against these kinds of disgraceful libels, by people who are genuinely ethical bankrupts. Simply browse the #Gamergate and #NotYourShield twitter hashtags to get a sense of where these accusations are coming from, and exactly who is in denial.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure